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Edward M. Murphy

Associate Professor, General Faculty

Office: 212 Astronomy Building
   Department of Astronomy
   Box 400325
   Charlottesville, VA 22904-4325
Phone: (434) 924-4890
Fax: (434) 924-3104
Email: emm8x@virginia.edu


Curriculum Vitae

B.S. Astronomy, University of Illinois, 1989
M.A. Astronomy, University of Virginia, 1993
Ph.D. Astronomy, University of Virginia, 1996

Professional Appointments
Associate Professor, University of Virginia, 2006-Present
Assistant Professor, University of Virginia, 2000-2006
Associate Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University, Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer, 1998-2000
Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University, Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer, 1996-1998
Junior Research Associate, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 1993-1996

Recent Courses
ASTR 1210 Introduction to the Night Sky and Solar System
ASTR 1220 Introduction to the Stars, Galaxies and Universe
COLA 1500 Are We Alone?: The Fermi Paradox
Non-credit Personal Enrichment Courses through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Intro to the Night Sky and Solar System
  • Intro to the Stars, Galaxies, and Universe
  • Life Beyond Earth
  • Cosmology
Research Interests
Galactic structure
Interstellar medium
High-velocity clouds
Ultraviolet spectroscopy
Radio astronomy
Education and Outreach Programs
The Friends of the McCormick Observatory membership program
Public night program at McCormick Observatory
Public night program at Fan Mountain Observatory
Space Science for Teachers teacher professional development course
Teaching Scientific Inquiry and the Nature of Science teacher professional development course
CLUSTER telescope loaner program for teachers
Planetarium shows at the Science Museum of Virginia

In addition to teaching and research, Mr. Murphy is coordinating the educational outreach and curriculum development program in the Astronomy Department. He is in charge of the Observatory public night programs.

Our Night Sky DVD Course

Have you ever looked at the night sky and wondered what constellations can you see? What are the names of the stars? What is there to see with a telescope or pair of binoculars? If so, you might be interested in my DVD course Our Night Sky offered by The Teaching Company.


Useful Observing Tools

I wrote these tools for the FUSE Mission at JHU. Since that mission has ended, I have moved the tools here.

Published Papers and Abstracts (Astrophysics Data System)


Giants of Astronomy.

UVA Astro
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